Lady O’s shocked in districts
Monday, April 29 — Class 1 District 16 Tournament First Round — Concordia
Lone Jack 6
A late-inning surge from the seventh-seeded Lone Jack High School Mules helped them negate a big inning from the two-seeded Concordia High School Orioles softball team, eventually winning in extra innings of their Class 1 District 16 Tournament’s first round matchup over the O’s.
Concordia had plenty of base runners, but would only pick up three runs in the first six innings. All three would come in the bottom of the second inning, when senior Alexis Borstadt (single) and sophomore Teagan Powers (reached on error) scored when sophomore Caley Smith doubled. Smith would score two batters later, when junior Kailey Ohrenberg singled her home, making the score 3-0.
The game’s scoring would halt until the top of the sixth inning, when four Lone Jack hitters scored to give them a late 4-3 lead.
Down to their final three outs, senior Justice Workman and sophomore Lauren Fiene helped extend the game behind a Workman double and Fiene single with one out in the inning. The run moved the game into extra innings, tied 4-4.
An exciting-yet-scoreless eighth inning turned into a tough spot in the top of the ninth, however, when the Mules collected two runs.
With a two-run hole to climb out of, the Orioles would only be able to get runners to first base in the ninth, sealing their destiny with the season-ending loss, 6-4.
Fiene threw a complete game for the O’s, striking out 12 Mules over nine innings. She allowed three walks and eight hits. Only one run she allowed was earned. Errors were a huge problem for the Orioles, as they would take advantage of two Mules errors while committing seven of their own.
Five Orioles collected two hits: Fiene, Workman, Smith, Deatherage, and freshman Cate Cooper. Workman and Smith each hit doubles in their at-bats.
Concordia fell to 17-8 (5-2), where their tally will end for the 2019 campaign.
Lone Jack advanced to 4-15 (1-6) with the season-extending victory.